Director: Elizabeth Cirillo
Producers: Daniel Leeds, Kelley 'Kali' Chatman
Editors: Josh Kadish and Candy Li
Synopsis: Homeboy Industries, the world’s largest gang intervention and re-entry organization, offers an unparalleled 18-month job-training program for recovering drug addicts and ex-gang members. The short documentary HOMEGIRLS intimately follows the lives of two of the programs’ female participants, Maria and Joselyn, over four months as they attempt to leave the past behind and start anew. Through cinéma vérité filmmaking, our complex subjects face daily trials and tribulations. As Joselyn undergoes painful tattoo removal, and Maria tries to reconnect with her son at his birthday party, we witness their utter vulnerability, anger, defiance, and guilt. As they seek redemption from past demons, repair relationships with family, and attempt to transform their lives, the only certainty about their future is that the road to recovery is a constant uphill battle.
Screening Time: October 24th, 12:15 pm
Director: Elizabeth Cirillo is a passionate, hardworking documentary director and film editor. She is currently a graduate student at USC's Film & TV Production MFA program ('15). Before moving to Los Angeles, Elizabeth lived in Manhattan and worked at MTV Digital Music Productions. Elizabeth graduated from New York University in 2011 with a double major in Journalism and Politics and a minor in Communications. While attending USC, Elizabeth has worked for documentary film editors, Kate Amend and Pedro Kos, and has edited a documentary feature for Director Michele Ohayon. In 2015, Elizabeth won USC's First Film Faculty Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Editing." It is her goal to continue working as both a director and editor on films advocating for social change.